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Sonoran Desert Plants
Anisacanthus thurberi (Thurber's Desert Honeysuckle, Chuparosa, Desert honeysuckle)

Ajo Peak at Night


 Anisacanthus thurberi

 Anisacanthus thurberi

 Anisacanthus thurberi

 Anisacanthus thurberi

Habitat: arroyos, washes, canyons
Life Form: shrub,medium
Leaf Description: opposite, simple, smooth, lanceolate
Flower Color: brick red
Flowering Period: mostly spring
Spines: spineless
Family: Acanthaceae (acanthus family)
Abundance: locally common
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, and J. Malusa. 2014. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of Southwestern Arizona: Part 8. Eudicots: Acanthaceae to Apocynaceae. Phytoneuron 2014-85, 1-71 page 4 (8.5 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Anisacanthus thurberi (opens in a new tab).






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